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Civil War group to rededicate marker for Union soldiers

May 18, 2019

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A Civil War group plans to rededicate a monument in Birmingham for Union soldiers.

The Sons of Union Veterans-Civil War will rededicate the 1891 Grand Army of the Republic monument on Sunday afternoon, Al.com reported . The ceremony will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery in Birmingham.

There are 11 Union soldiers buried near the monument and one widow, the news site reported. In addition to the Union soldiers buried near the monument there are an additional 26 buried throughout the cemetery. Soldiers from eight states are buried there.

This monument being rededicated was vandalized in the 1930s and has just been restored, Al.com reported. Workers recently placed a new eagle on the monument.

National leaders from the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War are scheduled to attend the Birmingham rededication. A Civil War cannon will be fired as an opening salute, Al.com reported.

Members of the Civil War group will be in period dress/uniforms as they conduct the ceremony. Both Confederate and Union re-enactors will take part in the ceremony in a show of unity that was typical of the Veterans after the War, the news site reported.

The National Sons of Union Veterans furnished the funds for the restoration and the local chapter — Major General John T. Croxton, Camp 17 — was in charge of the restoration.

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